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RAS Features of the Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure

Integrity Servers for Mission-Critical Computing

PH Integrity Servers have been leaders in the industry for providing mission-critical RAS since their inception. This latest generation of Integrity, based on HP’s Converged Infrastructure, not only offers common infrastructure, components, and management from x86 to Superdome, but also extends the Integrity RAS legacy. The new line of HP Integrity servers consists of the BL860c i2, BL870c i2, BL890c i2 server blades; the rx2800 i2 rack-mount Integrity server; and the Integrity Superdome 2. All of these latest generation of Integrity servers are designed to maximize uptime and reduce operating costs.

HP’s latest generation of Integrity servers are all part of HP’s Converged Infrastructure. This means that all of HP’s servers from x86 to Superdome use the same racks, enclosures, and management environments, thus allowing HP to focus on the value-add mission-critical RAS features of Integrity.

Hot-swap n+1 redundancy for fans and power supplies; and single-bit detect and double-bit correct error correction coding with single chip kill for memory are examples of industry-wide standard server RAS features. Though the new Integrity systems have these too, this white paper will instead focus on the differentiating RAS features that set them above the industry standard servers.

New RAS Features for the New Decade

HP uses Intel’s most reliable processor, the Itanium processor 9300 series (Tukwila-MC) to drive its mission critical line of Integrity servers. The Itanium processor 9300 series is packed with over one billion transistors in the most reliable, four-core processor technology. Some of the RAS features of the Itanium processor 9300 series include multiple levels of error correction code (ECC), parity checking, and Intel Cache Safe Technology.

With Blade Link technology, the Integrity server blades provide mission-critical level RAS in a cost-effective, scalable blade form factor, from one to eight processor sockets.

For higher processor socket counts, larger memory footprints, greater I/O configurations, or mainframe-level RAS, Superdome 2 is the platform of preference. To provide the tremendous scaling and performance, Superdome 2 uses the new HP sx3000 custom chip set that ultimately gives 4.5x better fabric availability than legacy Superdome servers.

At the platform level, HP further enhances the hardware with more RAS features including HP’s mission-critical operating systems: HP-UX and OpenVMS. Because HP has full control of the entire RAS solution stack, these operating systems integrate tightly with the server hardware to provide proactive system health monitoring, self-healing, and recovery beyond what the hardware alone can do. But what about non-proprietary operating systems such as Windows? Can HP still provide better serviceability features when using an industry standard operating system? The Superdome 2 does with its newly introduced Superdome 2 Analysis Engine.

The Analysis Engine takes the proactive RAS monitoring and predictive abilities of the HP mission-critical operating systems and packages it in firmware that runs within the hardware, no operating system required! And because it is always on, all the time, the Analysis Engine is comprehensively more accurate at diagnosing problems in the making.

Read the full RAS Features of the Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure.

RAS Features of the Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure

Integrity Servers for Mission-Critical Computing

PH Integrity Servers have been leaders in the industry for providing mission-critical RAS since their inception. This latest generation of Integrity, based on HP’s Converged Infrastructure, not only offers common infrastructure, components, and management from x86 to Superdome, but also extends the Integrity RAS legacy. The new line of HP Integrity servers consists of the BL860c i2, BL870c i2, BL890c i2 server blades; the rx2800 i2 rack-mount Integrity server; and the Integrity Superdome 2. All of these latest generation of Integrity servers are designed to maximize uptime and reduce operating costs.

HP’s latest generation of Integrity servers are all part of HP’s Converged Infrastructure. This means that all of HP’s servers from x86 to Superdome use the same racks, enclosures, and management environments, thus allowing HP to focus on the value-add mission-critical RAS features of Integrity.

Hot-swap n+1 redundancy for fans and power supplies; and single-bit detect and double-bit correct error correction coding with single chip kill for memory are examples of industry-wide standard server RAS features. Though the new Integrity systems have these too, this white paper will instead focus on the differentiating RAS features that set them above the industry standard servers.

New RAS Features for the New Decade

HP uses Intel’s most reliable processor, the Itanium processor 9300 series (Tukwila-MC) to drive its mission critical line of Integrity servers. The Itanium processor 9300 series is packed with over one billion transistors in the most reliable, four-core processor technology. Some of the RAS features of the Itanium processor 9300 series include multiple levels of error correction code (ECC), parity checking, and Intel Cache Safe Technology.

With Blade Link technology, the Integrity server blades provide mission-critical level RAS in a cost-effective, scalable blade form factor, from one to eight processor sockets.

For higher processor socket counts, larger memory footprints, greater I/O configurations, or mainframe-level RAS, Superdome 2 is the platform of preference. To provide the tremendous scaling and performance, Superdome 2 uses the new HP sx3000 custom chip set that ultimately gives 4.5x better fabric availability than legacy Superdome servers.

At the platform level, HP further enhances the hardware with more RAS features including HP’s mission-critical operating systems: HP-UX and OpenVMS. Because HP has full control of the entire RAS solution stack, these operating systems integrate tightly with the server hardware to provide proactive system health monitoring, self-healing, and recovery beyond what the hardware alone can do. But what about non-proprietary operating systems such as Windows? Can HP still provide better serviceability features when using an industry standard operating system? The Superdome 2 does with its newly introduced Superdome 2 Analysis Engine.

The Analysis Engine takes the proactive RAS monitoring and predictive abilities of the HP mission-critical operating systems and packages it in firmware that runs within the hardware, no operating system required! And because it is always on, all the time, the Analysis Engine is comprehensively more accurate at diagnosing problems in the making.

Read the full RAS Features of the Mission-Critical Converged Infrastructure.

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